With each passing day, I am growing more confident as a mother of two. Vik is just pure sweetness, and Vijay is already taking his role as big brother very seriously. The minute he comes in the house from playing outdoors, he starts asking, “Baby, baby?” He seems to be tethered to his brother by some invisible thread, drawn to him, always loving and affectionate. When other kids at the playground try to take a peek at “his baby” he becomes fiercely protective. I can already tell that being an older brother comes naturally to him…and it warms my heart to witness this.
We’ve settled into a wonderful routine, with the help of my mom (above, feeding Vijay- if you’ve ever wondered where his curls come from, now you know!) and husband. Their support gives me the strength to get through each day as I learn to maneuver out in the world with two little ones at my side. We are spending more time at home- enjoying our backyard, the tiny pool, and scattered lawn toys. I can sit comfortably on the porch and nurse as Vijay plays safely in our fenced in space.
That being said, I have become a bit braver when it comes to venturing out- like yesterday’s outing to the farmers’ market…just Vik and I, while the rest of the family rested. The market is my happy place, and I was so thrilled to wander through the stalls overflowing with late summer bounty.
I came home with my market basket overflowing….sweet corn, cherry tomatoes, crisp lettuce, purple string beans, blackberries, red, yellow and purple bell peppers, nectarines, peaches, plums…oh, the list goes on and on. It feels good to have a fully stocked fridge.
I dove right in to the produce and made a “kitchen sink salad,” dressed simply with cracked pepper and a dash of balsamic. You know the kind- with everything but the kitchen sink. A nursing mama must make her own nourishment a priority! And so this is where we are right now….settling into a rhythm, watching our little baby grow and change with each passing day, getting used to our family of four, and just trying our best to thrive in the moment. I’m so happy to report that it is getting easier with each passing day.